James Michael Curley's old place on the Jamaicaway, which has mostly sat unused for decades, will get new life under a plan by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy to re-open it for regular historical and cultural events.
The city Board of Appeal approved the plan - in which the conservancy will use the second and third floor of the 350 Jamaicaway house as office space - on Tuesday.
Richard Dennis, Curley's stepson, who actually lived in the house between 1937 and 1956, couldn't be happier.
At the board hearing, Dennis, who himself chaired the zoning board for some 30 years, recalled looking out his bedroom window at Jamaica Pond - where he and Curley would go out on a rowboat. "I would row for him while he went fishing," he said. "He loved the pond."
An attorney for the conservancy told the board the proposal would involve no changes to the exterior of the landmark and only minimal changes to the interior. The house was built in 1915.